Wednesday, August 24, 2011


"House Divided" adapted from my original painting

Ok, so Sauder Village once again has inspired me beyond belief!! I haven't created any new punchneedle or punch rugs in ages.....too long perhaps but I am back!! I only have an hour here and there to spare these days (usually while cooking dinner) but that is all it takes really......before you know it you are finished!!!

Have a Happy Wednesday!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

back from ohio....

My friend, Linda, has a nephew that is a talented woodworker. He made some things for me to take to the Heritage Wholesale Market in hopes to write some orders. Well we didn't set the world on fire but we did sell a few pieces at the end of the show. There were many booths that offered wood accessories so with only a handful of pieces, I think Rich's work got overlooked. However, I will be adding his pieces to my Etsy shop within a week and I think this avenue will work best for us. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the above display box.....accented with an Arnett's bear, a battery operated candle and a photo of my boys when they were much younger.

Here is a picture of the was only a 4x10 but it worked because Jann and I sat across the isle from it so we weren't in the booth.....loved that!! Wish I could do that for all the shows I do.

Check out this....I call it a "figurine stage"....originally Rich made it for me to use with my punchneedle but I needed more product to display so I turned it upside down and put a precious lil' Debbee Thibault figurine on!!

 Here is another "figurine stage"...sooooo cute! And of course, the Debbee Thibault figurine is amazing!!

This is a great shot, so much going on....that red wood piece on table is a "toilet topper" set it on the back of the toilet to hold kleenex in the middle and on each side of the kleenex are storage for cotton balls, q-tips, etc...they open with a knob and have leather hinges. This was my favorite piece!!! and of course, it Rich..I need another one, please :)

Also, check out that adorable doll holding the sign....on our way to Columbus, Jann and I went to a couple of our favorite stores. Jann bought this lil' precious at Jeffery's in Findlay Ohio.

This picture is looking from my booth to the center of the room. The Aladdin Shrine Center is where the show was held....what a beautiful building. A word of advice to anyone that becomes a new vendor......bring tennis shoes and socks. Jann and I only brought sandals/flip flops which normally wouldn't be a problem but we had to push the loaded dolly up and down ramps for set up and tear down.....not easy when wearing flip flops!

On our way home, we stopped at Sauder Village for the Rug Hooking Show in Archbold, Ohio. Last year they added a mixed media showcase so this year Jann and I entered. This is a picture of Jann's amazing "Got Wool" tote on display at the show!!! Jann spends many many hours knitting the tote with wool yarn, then she wet felts it and then uses roving to needle felt the lamb and words onto the tote and finally sews on  the handles! She also needle felted a heart to hang from the handle. All her totes have a felted pocket inside and a magnetic closure. She does amazing work.....if you are interested in purchasing one of Jann's creations here is her email address

I took several pictures of my favorite rugs at the show but many were blurry since I didn't use a flash, but I wanted to share with you some amazing hooked rugs that were at the show....this is only a handful of what was there...if you ever get a chance to go to this show (and you love rug hooking), it is definitely worth your while. People come from as far as Texas, Canada, and California!! 

Here are my two "mixed media" submissions. They are punchneedle adhered to a small cradled board. I hand painted the wood to match the punchneedle.

This rug looks like a painting!!! Below is a close up of the border. Amazing detail!!

While at Sauder Village, I met with Kathy Wright.; she is the organizer of the rug hooking event. She invited me to teach a punchneedle embroidery class next year!!! I am sooo excited! I hope my class fills up! They only allow 10-15 students per class so that everyone gets hands on help and attention.  I will announce here on my blog when the classes are available  (: Happy days:)

Monday, August 15, 2011

two more days......

"Renew within Me"
18x24 acrylic over collage scrapbook papers
©Teresa Kogut all rights reserved

I leave with my bff, Jann, this Wednesday for the Heritage Market Cash & Carry wholesale show!! Only two more days to finish all the products I am offering, finish painting my display and pack everything into the truck. This is a new show for me so I don't know what to expect (but that is always exciting!) I am selling prints on wood (including the above angel), flat prints, notecards and wooden home accessories. The wooden pieces are handmade by my friend's nephew, Rich, then hand painted by me.....however, the goal is to have my son, Ryan, do the painting and finishing. We have designed the pieces with uniqueness and functionality at the top of the list. The finish is also very unique. I will post pictures of the booth and close up pictures of the wood items when we return from the show.

Oh and guess where Jann and I are stopping on the way home Saturday???? Sauder Village Rug Hooking Show in Archbold, Ohio. If you like rug hooking or just admire it, this is a must see! Jann and I went last year for the first time and we decided it was something we wanted to do together every year. We are lucky that it is on the way home from Columbus :)

I will have lots of photos to share when I get back in the studio..... til then, wishing you all a great week!!

Friday, August 12, 2011

A source of amusement......

Read carefully ladies......and try to contain your laughter!!!!! Last weekend several of us friends spent the entire weekend together at a friend's cabin (an adult weekend!....I know...very rare and hard to come by) The above paper was posted on the refrigerator. As it was being read out loud, the men were lovin' it and in total agreement, and, of course, us women were laughing. (Mind it was being read, one of the husbands was washing the dishes......we've come a long way baby!!)

Notice the date this was printed.......I kept wondering if this article was true or not because I find it almost offensive...ok, some of it IS offensive..."don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. Count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day." Really????

To say the was a great source of amusement for us all....the men, of course, kept referring back to it all weekend.......gee, I'm surprised it didn't end up in the bonfire! teehee

I checked it on states that this is "from a 1950's home economics textbook intended for high school girls, teaching them how to prepare for married life." However, snopes also states that it is "undetermined" whether this is fact or not.......sooooo all you wonderful ladies out there......I would love to hear your comments on this topic. Especially if you were married back in the 1950s......

The "good wives" and their hubbies

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

"Closer to Heaven"
12x12 acrylic over scrapbook paper
(showing only partial)
©Teresa Kogut

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

just a snippet....

"Outstretched Arms"
(small snippet of original painting)
12x12 acrylic over collage papers
©Teresa Kogut

I am overjoyed that the angels I have been painting are going to be made into some fantastic products by some of my licensees :)  I love creating them....the process is very time consuming but the results are so worth it! The colors, textures and layers gives these angels a special appeal. Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoy painting them!

Monday, August 1, 2011

august give away

2012 Legacy From the Heart Calendar

front cover

back cover

Who couldn't use a calendar, right? So here is your chance to get one for FREE! All you have to do is be a follower of my blog....if you aren't already, all you have to do is click on the link in the right column that reads "followers". You may have to set up a google account if you don't already have one. Then just post a comment! It is that easy!

I will enter your name twice if you link this to your facebook wall or your own blog. Thanks ;)

Drawing will be held September 1st. Good Luck!